EstDocs Documentary Film Festival
EstDocs, the Estonian Documentary Film Festival announces its 8th annual return to Toronto. This year marks the 100th year anniversary of Estonian film. This past spring, the occasion was commemorated in Europe; this fall, EstDocs invites cinephiles to celebrate the birth of Estonian cinema in venues across the city. The festival showcases North American premieres from Thursday October 11 to Tuesday October 16 in Toronto.
Toronto is home to one of the largest Estonian populations outside Estonia. However, EstDocs audiences are not limited to people of Estonian heritage. The festival’s award-winning documentaries (all with English subtitles) appeal to film lovers of all backgrounds and ages. Keeping with tradition, certain screenings are preceded by a reception and followed by a provocative Q&A with the filmmakers. The EstDocs experience also isn’t complete without complimentary “kringel ja kohv,” Estonian dessert bread and coffee.
“The films chosen for EstDocs are sure to provide you with a window into the heart and soul of our small country. Without the might of larger nations, Estonian self-reliance, tenacity and inventiveness has translated into unique perspectives on the world and how to thrive within it,” said Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia. “As you view this year’s films, look for these traits in the characters and the stories they tell.”
This year’s EstDocs moderator is Mark Soosaar, Estonian film director, cinematographer and previously a member of parliament. Soosaar is widely and positively revered as the Grand Old Man of Estonian documentary cinema. With former Estonian President and author Lennart Meri, Soosaar founded the successful Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Films Festival.
“One hundred years later, Estonian cinema continues to bring such unique and transformative films to the world stage and I’m thrilled that EstDocs plays a role in shining a light on these distinctive documentaries,” said Ellen Valter, festival director, EstDocs. “Our festival is solely comprised of volunteer efforts; people who are passionate about providing audiences with the chance to view critically acclaimed films they would otherwise not have the opportunity to see in theatres here.”
For the EstDocs 2012 festival line-up, including film synopses, photos and showtimes visit www.estdocs.com or like EstDocs on Facebook or follow on Twitter, @EstDocs.
A glimpse of what to expect:
Award-winning Estonian producer Jaak Kilmi and director Jaan Tootsen present “New World”, awarded Estonia’s Best Film of 2011 by the Association of Estonian Film Critics. Also included in the line-up, the world premiere of “Outside the Sphere” by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Marcus Kolga. “Songs of the Ancient Sea” by Rose-Marie Schneider and Erik Norkroos features renowned composer, Velko Tormis’ journey from shamanism to modernism to uncover the roots behind ancient folk songs.
To purchase tickets:
Tickets can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the ESTore at The Estonian House, 416.465.2219, 958 Broadview Ave. Tickets can also be purchased at the Estonian Foundation of Canada, 416.465.5600, 956 Broadview Ave (cash only). The student discount is half off at the door.